If We’re Honest…

I have been so tired and busy these last 2 weeks with homework for my Grad school, work, and family that it has been awhile since I have done any blogging – even though I doubt it is very read. Either way, I enjoy it and with things slowing down I wanted to get back into it.

We live in a world where honesty is rare. We say different things to different people, whatever it takes to fit us in with the crowd. Before you write me off and say this is not true, think of how flimsy commitment is in our generations. We make commitments that we are willing to cancel when something better comes up. What happened to the old saying of your word is all you have? Growing up, I would always hear people say not to swear to God because Jesus tells us not to in Matthew 5, but what if we are pulling that text a bit out of context?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives six antitheses where he follows a common Jewish rabbi method of teaching where he reinterprets Jewish teachings from the Old Testament, the Talmud, and other similar teaching books. This is the section where Jesus gives the teaching on anger, adultery, divorce, oaths, retaliation, and Lex Talionis.

In this day and age, oaths were a common thing where people would swear on something which they believed to be greater than themselves symbolizing their need and seriousness to keep the oath. Jesus is teaching here that his followers do not need something to swear on to make sure you are keeping your word. Jesus is saying his followers should keep to what they say regardless of what it is. We should “Let [our] word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’” and not give false words.

In a day and age when we commit to everything, only to back out when something better comes up or we forget what we have said, we must take to Jesus’s words now more than ever. Jesus is not an option, he is all or nothing. We must take serious our commitment to follow him fully in teaching and in way of life.

I love you guys, and so does Jesus. I hope you continue to long for this water, and continue to drink from it as well. Until next time, blessings to you and your family,

Josh Gentry

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